This Pittsburgh Steeler Alone Stood for the National Anthem
The Pittsburgh Steeler coach Mike Tomlin decided his players would stay in the locker room on Sunday during the national anthem to “remove themselves from the controversy.” Which didn’t remove them from anything, it simply made a bad situation worse. But one player, Alejandro Villaneuva ignored the demand, and stood at the entrance to the tunnel by himself with his hand over his heart to show his respect. Alejandro is a US Army Ranger Veteran.
He received cheers from the audience, the rest of the team got boos when they came in. Why can’t the NFL figure it out? Their ratings are in the tank, people are becoming irate over their b.s., and their players get millions of dollars a year.
Villaneuva is a graduate of West Point, and played football for them. According to American Military News,
“He was commissioned as an officer and attended Infantry, Airborne and Ranger schools. He deployed with the 10th Mountain Division for 12 months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan as a rifle platoon leader. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with “V” for valor for rescuing wounded soldiers while under enemy fire.
Villanueva volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Orientation Program in 2013. He was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion. His roles within the Battalion have included plans officer, platoon leader, and company executive officer.
He then deployed two more times to Afghanistan.”
Villaneuva has numerous military medals and awards. But one thing he doesn’t do is disrespect those who have fought for the rights of these millionaires to be idiots. If Kaepernick and his ilk wanted to do something productive, they could do so. Helping children grow up with a good work ethic and respect for others would be a start. But, alas, being idiots is easier.
“I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down during the national anthem with a country that’s providing you freedom, providing you $16 million a year … when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year.” Alejandro Villanueva